In the summer of 1977, the Sex Pistols set out to crash Queen Elizabeth II’s silver jubilee by causing a ruckus on the Thames. Orchestrated by manager Malcolm McLaren as a promotional stunt for the controversial hit album Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols, the concert took place on a river cruise and culminated with police encircling the band, who ferociously powered through songs like “Anarchy in the UK” while sailing past Parliament. Less than a decade after that notorious party, director Alex Cox reimagined the scene in Sid & Nancy, his harrowing portrait of bassist Sid Vicious’s doomed romance with his American girlfriend, Nancy Spungen. Glimpses of the preparation that went into this reenactment can be seen on our newly updated edition, which includes Martin Turner’s 1987 documentary England’s Glory, an off-the-cuff, tongue-in-cheek look at the wild antics on the set of Cox’s film. In the excerpt below, watch Cox, cinematographer Roger Deakins, and a band of punk extras get ready to restage the band’s infamous anti-monarchy statement.
Digging Through Movie History at Chaplin’s Studios
Film scholar Craig Barron gives us a tour of the studios on whose back lot Charlie Chaplin built the set for his final film of the silent era, The Circus.
Career Women in the Land of Lubitsch
Critics Molly Haskell and Farran Smith Nehme talk about the highly idiosyncratic heroines who populate Ernst Lubitsch’s comedies, including the protagonist of his final film, Cluny Brown.
Ritwik Ghatak’s Pursuit of Truth Beyond Realism
Acclaimed Indian filmmakers Saeed Akhtar Mirza and Kumar Shahani discuss how the Bengali master mixed expressionism and naturalism in his devastating domestic tragedy The Cloud-Capped Star.